Every year, OSHA puts out a lot of the 10 standards that are most frequently cited. Here's a list of OSHA's Top Ten in 2016. Lockout-Tagout/Hazard Energy Control is on that 2016 list, and so we've got some online lockout tagout training resources for you here--plus more.
Many of the same standards appear on the list again and again, year after year. As a result, we've pulled together a series of blogs to help you train your workers about each of the ten most cited standards. In this one, as we said, we've got lots of information about lockout tagout, and lots of online lockout tagout training materials for you.
Let us know if you've got some other resources you'd suggest. The comments field awaits your input.
As the OSHA citation data below shows, we've got a lot of work to do to lockout machines better and control hazardous energy more effectively. Training's not the whole solution, but it can clearly contribute. We recommend using online lockout tagout training courses along with other forms of lockout training in a blended learning safety training solution for the most effective lockout training.
Here's a look at the OSHA lockout citation data:
Total citations- 3,406, a little more than 2015's total of 3,308. This is the only standard on the 2016 list that saw an increase in citations from 2015 instead of a decrease.
Ranking in previous year- #5 (same as this year)
Top five sections cited-
We've got four short samples of four e-learning courses related to lockout/tagout and control of hazardous energy for you below. Check 'em out, they're all cool (they use 3D and other neat animation techniques and more).
First, here's a sample of our Lockout Tagout training course for authorized employees. We've broken the lockout training into two courses for two different lockout roles-authorized and affected employees.
Here's a sample of our Lockout Tagout Training for affected employees course, the "companion" of our lockout for affected employees online course.
Because lockout tagout can sometimes include having to perform a line break, we've also included a sample of our online Line Breaking Safety training course.
Likewise, hazardous energy control sometimes includes blocking and cribbing, so here's a short sample from our online Blocking and Cribbing Heavy Equipment training course.
We've also pulled together this list of lockout tagout FAQs and some answers and resources for you. Hope you find this all helpful.
All sources of hazardous energy must be controlled. This includes:
Yes, 1910.333 includes requirements when employees are working on electrical circuits and equipment.
The section requires that these workers follow safe work practices, which includes using proper lockout/tagout procedures. These requirements are in effect anytime an employee is exposed to electrical hazards when working on, near, or with conductors or systems that use electric energy.
Ultimately, for the same reason it's important to follow all safety/health regulations: people can get hurt if you're not.
According to an OSHA Fact Sheet, complying with the lockout/tagout standard saves 120 fatalities and 50,000 injuries every year. And those injured workers would have spent an average of 24 days out of work recovering. So there are plenty of good reasons to do this.
What can/must an employer do to keep employees protected and safe from hazardous energy sources?
As an employer, you should:
Your training must ensure that employees (1) know, (2) understand, and (3) follow the applicable provisions of the hazardous energy control procedures.
The training must cover (at least):
Why yes! Here is OSHA's Lockout-Tagout eTool.
You betcha. Check out OSHA's Lockout/Tagout Fact Sheet.
Glad you asked. Learn more about using Lockout/Tagout procedures to prevent injury during machine maintenance.
We've also got a free download below if you're looking for online safety training solutions but don't know how to find the one that's best for your workplace.
Here's a good explanation of Lockout/Tagout from our friends at AmpAuthority.